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    The FMC is ranked in the top 10 Best Places to Work for Small Agencies!

    The incumbent serves as a Trial Attorney with the Bureau of Enforcement (BOE) in formal proceedings instituted before the Commission in investigations instituted under the Shipping Act of 1984; section 19 of the Merchant Marine Act, 1920; the Foreign Shipping Practices Act of 1988 (FSPA); Public Law 89-777; and related statutes codified at 46 U.S.C. 40101 et seq.

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    The following are the duties of this position at the GS-15 level. If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position:

    • Renders accurate, in-depth legal advice to Commission staff on regulatory, legal, and transportation issues facing the Commission.
    • Informally reviews and prepares background information in conjunction with Area Representatives (ARs) and other professionals to accurately determine whether there is sufficient evidence to warrant enforcement action and/or institution of a formal proceeding.
    • Prepares Memoranda of Legal Review containing incisive, accurate analyses, conclusions, and recommendations of actions that may be taken by the Commission on alleged violations or other matters involving questions of policy or interpretations of statutes or regulations warranting the application of the penalty provisions of the shipping statutes.
    • Prepares interrogatories, requests for production of documents, and requests for admission directed to parties or related persons in final form for review by the Bureau Director.
    • Participates in formal proceedings before an Administrative Law Judge or the Commission as lead trial counsel, or, as may be needed, with additional assigned BOE attorneys.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    0905 Attorney

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    Conditions Of Employment

    • The experience may have been gained in the public sector, private sector, or Volunteer Service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.
    • It is your responsibility to ensure your resume states complete information for each job entry. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year (MM/YYYY), and indicate number of hours worked per week, on your resume. If your resume does not provide enough information regarding your work history for us to make a creditable qualification determination, your application package may be rendered disqualified and you will no longer be considered for this position.
    To preview questions click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11179132.


    You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:
    1. Minimum educational requirements include a professional law degree (LL.B or J.D.) from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school. NOTE: Applicants who have completed part or all of their education outside of the U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the U.S. An ABA-approved law school may allow students to receive credit for law study or activities at a foreign institution and grant credit for the J.D. degree if those studies or activities are approved in accordance with the Rules of Procedure and Criteria adopted by the ABA's Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.\
    2. Current active membership in a bar of any State, territory, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or the District of Columbia. Active bar association and a certificate that the member is in good standing will be verified prior to appointment and employees must maintain active bar membership in good standing while employed as an attorney with the FMC


    Please refer to the qualifications section for education information.

    Additional information

    • Must be a U.S. citizen
    • Must be able to obtain and maintain a High-Risk background investigation
    • Federal employees are required to adhere to the 14 Principles of Ethical Conduct.
    • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
    • We may fill like positions within 12 months of the close of the announcement.
    • This is a non-bargaining unit position.
    • A 1-year probationary period is required.
    • Must be able to obtain and maintain a background investigation.
    • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency.
    • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
    • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
    • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
    • May be required to file a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of appointment and annually from then on.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    We will review your resume and supporting documentation to determine that you possess at least one year of professional, specialized law experience. Please ensure your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position.

    Professional law experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position being filled. Law clerk experience (post J.D.) can be considered professional law experience if the candidate performed attorney duties.

    Specialized experience is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Examples of specialized experience include experience working on complex rulemaking or policy proceedings; reviewing and editing policy statements, position papers, and other decisional documents; conducting civil litigation including discovery and of trial practice; and providing legal guidance to attorneys and other professionals.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    NCS/High Risk

    Trust determination process


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    Required Documents

    1. A resume (of no more than 3 pages). Do not use a resume created with the "build resume" feature on USAjobs.gov. Instead, upload a resume of not more than 3 pages to USAjobs.gov.

    2. Law School Transcript (official or unofficial).

    3. SF-50 that depicts your title, series, grade/step/salary (if applicable).

    4. A copy of the most recent final performance appraisal (elements and standards for achievement, if not indicated clearly on the annual performance appraisal) (current Federal employees only).

    Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you will not be considered for this position (or will not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

    Education Documentation:

    • An official transcript may be required if you are selected.
    • A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation website.
    • If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the OPM instructions.

    Notice of Veterans Preference: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Federal Maritime Commission considers veterans' preference eligibility a positive factor for attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documents (e.g., DD Form 214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty") to their submissions

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    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.


    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section above.

    • The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST, Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon EST on the announcement's closing date.
    • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
    • Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
    • It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
    • To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the More Information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
    • To return to saved application at a later date, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

    Agency contact information

    Nick Hornung


    Bureau of Enforcement
    800 North Capitol Street, NW
    Suite 900
    Washington, DC 20573
    Learn more about this agency

    Are you a proactive and motivated attorney? Are you interested in joining other mission-oriented public servants? If so, then we would like you to apply for a position in the Bureau of Enforcement (BOE) at the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC).The FMC is an independent regulatory agency with a mission ensure a competitive and reliable international ocean transportation supply system that supports the U.S. economy and protects the public from unfair and deceptive practices. The FMC offers numerous workplace flexibilities including a Modernized Telework Program, Flexible and Compressed work schedules, and an On-Site Fitness Center. FMC is conveniently located within walking distance to Union Station in an area with numerous amenities. Come and join the FMC! More information about the FMC and its programs can be found at http://www.fmc.gov.

    Next steps

    You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS My Account tab and clicking on Application Status. For a more detailed update of your application status, you may click on more information.

    Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/608139900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.